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Stress makes you stupid

Actually, stress makes you stupid, sick, and smelly.

Now that’s a good incentive to learn to relax and destress with slow, deep breathing. So why does stress make us stupid, sick, and smelly? We can answer that question by looking at why we get stressed in the first place.

Stress is your body’s natural reaction to a threat to your safety and wellbeing. A classic example is to look at what happens to you when you find yourself face to face with an aggressive dog. Your heart rate increases, your digestive system dramatically slows down, your pupils dilate, your blood pressure increases, your breathing becomes shallow and fast, you begin to sweat, and your muscles and heart become engorged with blood as your skin turns pale from the blood being redirected. All of these things happen because of the release of stress hormones preparing your body for fight or flight in response to a threat. In the short-term this type of response can save your life, however, if you experience stress every day, all day, because your boss happens to be an asshole that bullies and abuses you, or you have an aggressive partner, etc, then that type of reaction going on in your body all the time is unsustainable. Eventually you’ll burn yourself out.

From a health point of view, being in a continuous state of stress strains your heart, increases your chances of having a stroke due to high blood pressure, and lowers your immune function because all of the body’s energy is being used elsewhere, which increases your susceptibility to infection and even increases your risk of getting cancer. Where health is concerned STRESS is your body’s enemy.

The effects of stress don’t just stop with the body, they spill over into the realms of the mind. When you get stressed the flow of blood in your brain decreases in your frontal lobes and is redirected to your hind brain and emotional brain. This means your ability to think rationally and plan ahead is severely hampered. Essentially stress turns you into a puppy. Seriously, when you’re under stress you act more like a puppy than a human. This is why it’s never a good idea to make decisions when you’re under stress unless you absolutely have to.

What about smelling bad?  Think about the original example of the dog, or maybe it’s a lion or a bear. When you get stressed, your body will begin to sweat. The more stressed you are the more profusely you’ll sweat. Why? Two reasons. One, sweating lubricates your body and makes it easier to escape the grip of whatever it is your faced with, and secondly, when you get stressed the sweat you excrete tends to smell bad. That’s not a great thing if your on your way to your new girlfriend/boyfriend’s house to meet your future parents in law! But it’s very useful when you’re faced with a predator that wants to eat you for dinner because when food smells bad, it’s a sign that it’s gone off. And even animals don’t like to eat food that will make them sick.

So there you have it. Stress makes you stupid, sick, and smelly. WHat can you do about it. Simple. Learn to slow your breathing and you’ll be able to control your stress levels 😉

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Will it harm me or will it heal me? That’s a question I’ve asked myself every time I went to eat or drink something for the past month, not because I have OCD (I don’t have OCD) but because I wanted to learn a new habit, a habit that would promote a healthy body and mind.

Some time ago I realised that the yogic principle of ahimsa, non-violence, didn’t just mean not to harm other living beings. When you think of everyone as individual parts of a whole, like billions of drops of water that make up an entire ocean, you see that we’re all one and the same, and that harming one being is just like harming every other being. So Ahimsa is the non-harming of any living being including yourself. But when most people think of harming others or themselves, they usually think of it in terms of some kind of physical violence or, less often, mental abuse. The majority of people, including myself, rarely think of non-harming in relation to their diet.

By asking yourself “will it harm me or will it heal me?” each time you’re about to eat or drink something, you become acutely aware of how your diet is affecting your body and mind. Of course when it comes to diet it’s not as black and white as the question I asked makes it seem, for instance drinking a lot of carrot juice can help prevent the formation and growth of cancer for people who don’t smoke, yet when people who do smoke drink a lot of carrot juice it can accelerate the growth and spread of cancer. This is just one example that comes to mind, there are many others. So when asking yourself will it harm or heal me, I’m talking about foods that are eaten in moderation. 

If you want a healthy body and mind, asking this simple question every time you eat or drink, just for a month, gives you a powerful tool for creating health and balance in the body and mind. Even after you stop asking the question, its subtle effects will continue to have an influence on you. In fact you’ll probably even find your eating habits changing for the better. For me, this is one of the simplest and most effective techniques I’ve used in my yogic practices. 

Breast cancer awareness month

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Hello Blog! Sorry for neglecting you. Ive been sick but am much better now 🙂

A while ago I found out I had Thyroid cancer, which I’ve had surgically removed since. As a result, my AWARENESS of cancer and the effects it has on people has increased rather dramatically, as you can imagine. I’ve started a new blog that I’d love for you to have a look at and support if you feel like it. Don’t worry, I’ll also get back to writing this blog too.

The new blog is called cancer free world. head over and have a look at my latest blog all about how vitamin D could save your life.

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When someone begins to read what you’ve written, they’re allowing you and your words to change them.

Every time we experience something, we form new synaptic connections in our brain. So every time we read something, write something, listen to the radio, or have a conversation, etc., those experiences rewire and physically change our brain.

We’re in this constant state of change throughout our entire lives, from the moment the brain begins to form, right up until the moment of our death. So what’s important is that we become aware of what we’re interacting with, what kind of things we’re reading, what music we’re listening to, who we’re speaking with, etc., and how all of that stuff effects us. If we’re always listening to depressing, angry music, we’re going to start to develop those synaptic conections in our brain, and that’s going to effect how we act and how we react to the world. Same with reading and interacting with people. If we interact with very negative people, we’re going build negative associations with them. And over time those negative assocaitions spread and become more generalised, where we associate negativity with all people. So we start to think, oh I have to meet some people today, but to do that I have to leave my house and pass other people on the way, the world is such a negative place, I don’t want to meet anyone, I just want to stay at home and be alone. Life is shit. Alternatively, we can interact with nice, friendly, happy people (we choose the people we interact with, to a large degree). So even though we might meet some negative people by chance, we don’t have to spend much time engaging with them, so they have a minimal impact on our synaptic connections and our brain’s rewiring process.

All this brings me to the point of Blogging, or writing anything that’s going to be read by a large audience, or even a small audience. You have to remember, it’s a great honour to have your writing read by anyone, because, when that person begins to read what you’ve written, they’re allowing you and your words to change them. As they read your writing, their brains are physically changing. It’s changing who they are. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. Even if it’s on a level that’s barely recognisable, you’re changing someone’s personality, and in doing that you’re changing their life in some way. Those changes can be really small or they can be huge. You might give someone this massive insight into their life that makes them completely change and become an entirely new person, or they might miss the point and just be changed on some smaller level. But either way, the change happens.

So we can choose, when we’re writing , to write in a way that will positively effect people and give them a deeper awareness of themselves and a deeper understanding of life. Or we can write some kind of comedy sketch that gives them a laugh and helps them enjoy life. Or we could write complete shit and waffle, to confuse the crap out of people and send them into a depression. So it’s really important that we’re aware of how we effect the people that we write for. And being aware of that, I feel it’s very important that we do our absolute best to write the highest quality, most accurate, and beneficial information we can possibly offer to the world and to the people that read our blogs, articles, facebook posts, books, etc.

So that’s it. Be aware of what you’re writing. Take note of how it effects you. If you write something that inspires you and makes you feel good, then that’s what you should be writing. If it doesn’t inspire you or make you feel good, or you feel in doubt about it, then it’s not something you should be writing because it’s going to have that same affect on the people who read it.

Thanks for reading. It’s an honour to write for you 🙂 This post was transcribed from a conversation I had with myself. I do have some unusual, yet surprisingly informative conversations with myself 😛 I hope it had and is still having a positive impact on you.

Love ❤

A FROZEN STATE OF MIND

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“Most people, because the body doesn’t know the difference between stimulation from the external environment and fabricated emotions, live in the past, basing their reactions on past experiences.” – Joe Dispenza

About a year ago, I interviewed Dr. Joe Dispenza and Professor Ian Robertson on the subject of neuroplasticity, for Positive Life Magazine. The insights they offered during those interviews changed my entire reality.

Over the next week I’ll be posting the most important elements of each interview, while offering a few of my own comments, explaining how each insight can help us in our lives, whether we follow the path of the warrior, the healer, the teacher or the parent, etc.

Change

To understand the process of change, Joe Dispenza describes the mind-body relationship as follows: “Every time you have a thought, you make a chemical. Specific emotions turn on certain circuits in your brain that fire in various combinations to produce a level of mind. That level of mind stimulates another part of your brain to release a chemical so you can begin to feel exactly the way you think. The moment you begin to feel the way you think, because the brain is in constant communication with the body, you begin to think the way you feel, and the cycle continues. This cycle, for some people, can go on for 20 years. The repetition of the cycle conditions the body to memorise an emotional reaction better than the conscious mind, and whenever the body knows better than the mind, it’s called a habit.

“The repetition of this cycle creates a state of being. A state of being is when our mind and body are working together and our thoughts and emotions are aligned to a concept. So a person says I am insecure or sad… etc.

“Most people, because the body doesn’t know the difference between stimulation from the external environment and fabricated emotions, live in the past, basing their reactions on past experiences.”

My comments: What this means is that a single thought, repeated regularly, creates a state of being. So, if I repeatedly think, “I’m a negative person,” I’ll become negative, or if I think, “I’m happy”, happiness will become my state of being. If the warrior, about to engage in combat, regularly thinks he/she is not good enough and is going to lose the fight, he/she will lose every time. This is something that should be remembered when we’re facing any task in life. A positive state of mind is essential if we want to create a state of being that’s conducive to success.

Breaking your emotional conditioning

One of the most interesting facts I learned while speaking with Joe was that the hormones we produce from an emotional reaction only last in the body for one to three minutes, unless we keep them going by our own volition. In which case, they can last for many years, as in the previous example.

We can benefit ourselves and escape this trap by learning how to shorten our emotional reactions to things. Joe tells us, “If you don’t know how to control your emotional reactions and there’s a refractory period, and you let that emotional reaction linger for hours or days, it turns into a mood.

“So you say to someone, ‘what’s wrong with you?’ The person says, ‘I’m in a mood.’ Then you say, ‘why are you in a mood?’ They say, ‘well, this thing happened to me five days ago and I memorised my initial reaction.’ If you keep that refractory period going for weeks and months, you’ve developed a temperament. If you keep that same refractory period going on for years, it’s called a personality trait,” says Joe.

“When we begin to develop personality traits based on our emotions, we’re living in the past and that’s where we get stuck. Teaching ourselves and our children to shorten the refractory period frees us to move through life without obstruction.”

My Comments: It always amazes me at how my two-year-old daughter deals with her emotions. If she falls and hurts her knee, she reacts to the pain by screaming and crying for a minute or two, then forgets about it and goes back to what she was doing before her accident. Young children don’t linger on their emotional reactions and for that reason, they don’t get emotionally stuck in a specific state of being.

As toddlers grow and pick up bad emotional habits from their surroundings, they learn to hold onto their emotional state of being. This conditioning process carries on for most of us in to adult-hood, haunting us until our dying breath.

How can we break this cycle of conditioning? There are a few techniques we can use. Following on from my previous post on breathing, I’ll offer a simple breathing technique that can quickly change your state of being which gives you time and space to create a new thought and state of body and mind.

Technique:

  1. Sit comfortably and loosen any tight clothing.
  2. Take three deep breaths.
  3. Now, contract your abdominal muscles to rapidly force the air out of your lungs.
  4. Relax your abdomen to allow your lungs to draw in air.
  5. Steps 3 and 4 should follow each other in quick succession.
  6. Continue breathing in this way for 20 breaths.
  7. Take three deep breaths.
  8. Begin a new cycle of rapid breathing.
  9. Do a maximum of 5 cycles.

This type of breathing originates in the yogic traditions of India, and is used to clear the mind before meditation. In terms of our state of being, using this breathing technique allows us to quickly let go of negative states of being. Incidentally, it also promotes the generation of a positive, uplifted state of being because of the rush of endorphins (feel-good hormones) released from the lungs and the respiratory muscles.

Have a try of this technique and let me know how it works for you.

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